Palermo, the investigation on the “false invalid”: “Money and sexual services to get pensions”

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Money, Christmas baskets and also sexual performance. For a disability pension, complete with medical certification, he was willing to do almost anything. “By now everyone in the country knows you,” said a friend to Antonino Randazzo. And in fact the 56 year old originally from Terrasini, in the province of Palermo, had become a point of reference. He who retired had become just 28 years old – in February 1991 – due to an accident at work. For his notoriety in 2016 he ran for the city council, but was not elected. Today, however, the soldiers of the Guardia di Finanza arrested him together with Filippo Accardo, 49 year old owner of two Caf, one in Palermo and another in Terrasini. “I’m making the list for that friend,” said the first asking “do you have other names?”. “Now in case I send them to you,” replied the second.

31 other people are being investigated by the prosecutor of Palermo, including many doctors who will be reported to the Order in these days. Why the ‘trick‘Was simple and consolidated. On the one hand the “patient procurers“On the other a network of compliant doctors, well-integrated patronages as well as”adherence to INPS“. So much so that the prosecutors (the added Sergio Demontis, the substitute Francesca Mazzocco) had also asked for the arrest of the doctor Giuseppe Lo Baido, a 66-year-old doctor who – as a member of the Ac-Anmic association at the ASL civil invalidity medical commission – obtainedmoney and utilities including a sexual performance“. But according to the investigating magistrate Piergiorgio Morosini “Cannot – at present – qualify as ‘consideration’ for the role assumed by Lo Baido himself” and also for this reason it was rejected the request for a precautionary measure.

So the two arrested, who for every single pension worth 1,200 euros, collected a commission equal to first twelve months. So much so that at the time of the arrest, the military found in Randazzos home (also investigated for self laundering) about 62 thousand euros in cash, now seized. “I was myself with partial withdrawals of about 2500/3000 euros at a time to deliver the first tranche to Randazzo”, said a man in 2016 who – denouncing the scams of his wife (beneficiary of a false pension) who in the meantime had abandoned the roof conjugal – gave birth to the investigation. Unveiling the names of doctors placed almost everywhere, authors of “certificates that clash with the reality of the facts“, The financiers report.

“You calculate that I gave him a list of practices, and I said to him, you have to liquidate me this, at least it took five six months to wait, you see that what I did you do not even imagine,” Randazzo confessed to one woman. And for each practice, there was a suitable doctor. Starting from a professional – working at the Igea nursing home in Partinico – investigated for aggravated fraud, false ideology and traffic of influences. “Practically a doctor has to come for the visit, okay? Then I also tell you when he comes, quiet is our thing, as the ancients said, “he assured one of them. From there started the investigations that led to the discovery of some false invalid. This is the case of a woman, who according to a medical certificate was “unable to walk“So as to make” moving from one’s home “risky for oneself or for others”. Then investigators documented while driving a car. After parking, “he continued on foot talking to a soldier on the operating patrol.”

But they are not the only borderline cases. “There are truly striking cases: people who were diagnosed with one total blindness but then what they read quietly or people with severe disability certification, which we have even seen to dance“Says the colonel Gianluca Angelini, commander of the Economic and Financial Police Unit. “The investigation reveals a considerable distrust of the public administration, we have traced a continuum exchange of favors worrying and professionals willing to accept them “, continues Colonel Danilo Persano, head of operations of the Tax Police Department of Finance.” If we consider that the damage produced by these subjects to the damage of the INPS is more than 500 thousand euros – he adds – it is possible to believe that the real impact, over the years, has been exorbitant “. Money that the financiers found in the accounts of some insurance policies for a total of € 617,580.00, between Alleanza Assicurazioni, Poste Italiane, postal vouchers and investment funds in the cooperative credit bank Don Rizzo. But so the magistrate rejected the seizure request.

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